I left the monastery after one year. Fortunately, I caught a big break and hit the ground running immediately. I saw an ad for a software company called ClickFunnels (used to build sales funnels) and Russell Brunson's book "DotCom Secrets". I waited for it to arrive in the mail and then I sat down in the evening and started reading. I stayed up all night and I finished the whole book.
Shortly after, I decided to give Shopify a try. I bought Alex Becker's and Justin Cener's ecom programs. This really was a crash course in the fundamentals of online business. I learned how to manage a Shopify store, basic coding, running paid ads, web design, branding, product development and delivery. This was a huge help to start with successful people that knew more than me about running a business.
One of the coaches in Becker's course (Brandon Fink) mentored me 1-on-1 for the first 3 months. I learned about email automations and product testing. Brandon helped bring me to $500/days with Shopify. I also enrolled in Maxwell Finn's Facebook™ Ad IQ Academy. All these mentors helped lay the foundation for my success. I'm very thankful for that kind of guidance early on.
After learning all these foundational skills, I left Shopify behind. It was a practicing playground for digital marketing and it served its purpose. Ecom stores just weren't my thing. I didn't feel passionate about it. I knew I wanted to help people with a professional service instead of a physical product-based business.
So I moved onto a new stage...